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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

I found it incredible (and humbling) to discover that Carson McCullers (who I also thought was male for about the first 1/4 of the book) was only 23-years-old when she wrote this novel – her first. It tells John Singer’s … Continue reading

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The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

Where to begin…. This novel almost bursts with characters and experimentation. Maugham inserts himself in the story, which I particularly enjoyed, especially with how that effect played out for the time period during which he wrote the book (early 1940’s). … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck beautifully writes about two drifters, George and simple Lennie, who share an unusual, strong friendship and a dream to one day have their own land. They eventually find work on a ranch, but their time there is threatened by … Continue reading

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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

As most of you know, this is the ill-fated love story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. It’s also the love story of Scarlett and Ashley Wilkes, and Ashley and Melanie Hamilton. Add to those love triangles the franticness of … Continue reading

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Finally, a new take on Henry VIII. Mantel tells the tales of Henry’s court all through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. Specifically, the novel describes his rise to power. The tone and language are captivating and the novel is quite … Continue reading

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Guernica by Dave Boling

I really like fiction that is based in fact so I end up learning as well as getting lost in the story. On that note, Guernica doesn’t disappoint. I found the characters incredibly rich and believable. Their love and strife … Continue reading

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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

This is no Middlesex, which is one of my favourite books. But how can you really follow that one up? The Marriage Plot is very good. In typical Eugenides fashion, it has many layers. I think a lot of those … Continue reading

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You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers

This is Eggers first novel, following his memoir (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius). We’re told the very entertaining, unpredictable tale of life-long friends, Will and Hand, who go on a week-long, around-the-world trip to give away money. I have … Continue reading

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This is a sweeping, harrowing book about two women: Mirian and Laila. It’s a story about their endurance and, at times, resistance during Afghanistan’s roller-coaster history. The writing is beautiful, poignant, and memorable. I can’t remember the last book (maybe … Continue reading

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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

I found myself disliking this book in the beginning because it was much neater and more tightly structured than any other Murakami before. Then I got to the place in the story which gives the structure meaning, and I breathed … Continue reading

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